Productive Weekend

We managed to have a pretty productive weekend!

We both did various work things Saturday.   I’ve been working on some research at home, trying to ramp up a second area of on-going publishable research.   This is difficult as my current employment involves a lot of original work, and greatly restricts the areas that I can publish in.

Saturday afternoon was Yoga time.  This week there has been lots of time to work on inversions – my headstand (Sirshasana) is getting much better.  I can hold the pose for about 15 breaths, but still have trouble getting upside down without the assistance of the wall.   Will get there… it is always a journey.

Sunday – some more work.

The day started with a Vespa ride!  I scooted up to Mae’s Phinny Ridge Cafe to pick up a couple of their frozen cinnamon rolls.    They are very good, but pack a lot of calories.   I made it my breakfast and lunch!   Maybe next week we will take a Vespa ride onto the ferry – we haven’t had a chance to do that yet.

I did some bug fixes and made a big performance improvement to CascadeLMS.   It was against my first judgement, but I de-normalized some data in the database, leading to duplication (of just a 32bit integer field), but greatly improving performance.   Some pages render 20% faster because they don’t have to recursively query the data any longer.    Today / tomorrow is a bit of a stressful time.   Miami U. will really start working with the system tomorrow as classes start this week.    The install at had 1736 users during the spring 2009 semester.   I’m not sure what the user base will be like this fall, but I am hoping for an equally strong showing.   So far, we have 40 courses set up for fall 2010, and I expect to see more this week!

Sunday afternoon-ish: we gutted the office!  Our office on the bottom floor is combination of mine and Cortny’s desks and office stuff.   I have a bunch of (like 8 shelves worth…) of books.   Most of these lived in my office at Miami, but they are in our house now.   I keep promising that when I have an academic position again, the books will go back into my office.   I was able to get rid of a bunch of stuff, always a good feeling.   But, also a bad feeling – as in “I moved this 2000 miles??? why?”   I did keep 1 crate of “outdated” technology – I still have an Apple Newton, an original iBook, 3 other 800Mhz G3 iBooks (I plan on incorporating these into some research at some point…), and Tapwave (a 3rd party PalmOS device).   There was a lot of stuff I just didn’t need anymore – and it is now gone.

We also disassembled my giant desk.   It was just taking up too much room.   We moved the iMac to one of the book shelves.  It is really just our Web server, music service, and sometimes use computer.   This opens up the center of the room.   We now have a better open space for home Yoga and room for someone to sleep down there on an air mattress.

Then we headed down to my office.   I brought in a bunch of stuff to sell on our for-sale list.    Tomorrow, I will be selling an Atari 7800, a Nintendo GameCube, a sock puppet, and giving away a bunch of books.   Feels good to lighten the household load.

And now – bedtime.   Full week of working coming up.   Actually 8 full weeks of work until I take half a day off… Just realized that I don’t have a full day off until the day after Thanksgiving.

Settling into Seattle



View from the bus stop

View from the bus stop

We’re starting to settle into daily life here.  The big difference is finally having our stuff back and a place that we can actually call home.   Our corporate housing wasn’t bad, but it just felt like we were staying in an extended stay hotel.   This sort of made it feel like I was a temporary contract worker at Amazon.   Now things feel a little more real.    Taking the bus from our new house is working out – which is good since we only have one car now.   There is a bus that goes from our block right to Qwest Field (football stadium).   From there I can either walk a few blocks and grab an Amazon shuttle or take another metro bus.    The bus line from our house will be great for catching a baseball game this summer.


We’re getting closer to having things unpacked.   There is only one box of items left on the 2nd floor, but the kitchen still needs a little cleaning up.   Our bedroom is as unpacked as it is going to get right now.   We are still waiting on one final furniture delivery, our new dresser.  This will allow us to finish unpacking our clothes and clean up the third floor of the house.   I’m afraid that this delivery is being held up by the snow here in Washington that has kept I-90 closed on and off all week.  (The snow is all over in the mountains – we haven’t gotten below 40 degrees during the day for a while.  


The first floor is a whole different story.   Our new “office” is smaller than our old office, and it is also going to contain items from 2 rooms in the old house.    In other words – it’s cramped, but I am trying to arrange everything as neat as possible.   This room has a pretty nice sized closet with a storage space that goes under the stairs – perfect for stashing seasonal decor.


We got our first telemarketing calls today, yes calls.     It only took 5 days for our number to make it through whatever channels numbers make it through.   We’re on the do not call list now 🙂  The telemarketing call was funny – it was someone trying to sell me a security system, so I told him my house came with one.   Then he said that if it was an old system they could upgrade it or add on features, etc…   So I said it was a brand new system, and a brad new house.   Then he tried again… fun.


In other news – I’m getting a much needed haircut this weekend 🙂 


We’ll post some picture of the house soon, but we just need to get things a little more put together first.




We are now living in our new house!   Yesterday, the movers delivered all of our belongings, Crate and Barrel delivered new dining room furniture, and and our new TVs arrived as well.   

The day went fairly smooth.   The big hiccup was the delivery of our big red cabinet.   It simply wouldn’t fit up the stairs and the Crate and Barrel delivery crew doesn’t do “hoists.”    Luckily we were able to work out a deal with the movers and they did the hoist.   Our couches also wouldn’t fit up the stairs – they went up and over the 2nd floor balcony.   The cabinet, however, was too big to fit over the railing.   So we disassembled our balcony railing and hoisted the cabinet into the house.   It was complicated, but everything made it in.

Continue reading “Unpacking…”

Ikea is FUN! / House updates


Ikea is a huge store.   Seriously, they have everything.    I had no idea that they make appliances, or that you can purchase an ENTIRE kitchen: cabinets, sink, fridge, dishwasher, oven, table, etc…

We purchased some pieces from the build-it-yourself STOLMEN storage system.   Our new house has a decent sized closet, but did not have adequate built-in shelving.   As you can see from the cart, we are taking care of that.    Since our bedroom (and rooms in general) are on the small side, maximizing the utility of closets will reduce clutter other places.

On the house front, we are scheduled to take possession of the new houseon Thursday the 24th at 9pm – PST of course ;).  We have a very busy week scheduled.   Next Friday we have the movers coming, crate and barrel delivering furniture, and circuit city delivering a new TV.  Saturday we’ve got Comcast coming out (to make the TV useful) and select comfort is delivering our bed.   At some other point to be scheduled, Pottery Barn is delivering our bedroom furniture (yes we’re getting the mattress first…oh well).

This whole house thing is very exciting.   I never pictured myself in a townhouse with a view of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier, but it feels like the right place.   I actually didn’t think I would live in a major city, realy live in the city and not out in the burbs, but that also feel right.   Maybe I’m getting hipper in my old age, or maybe just a little wiser.

Our new house is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle (on the north side of the city), and is just a really cool place.  I would say it is best described as eclectic.   There are people from several generations living side-by-side, plenty of families, and plenty of young people.   We should be able to walk most places, and really do the urban lifestyle thing for a while.   ok, that’s enough for now.


Cortny with our new closet from Ikea

Cortny with our new closet from Ikea

Moving to Seattle

In december 2007, we moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Seattle, Washington. We moved because I was offered a position with after completing my Ph.D.

At this point we’ve only been here a week, but we have settled in pretty well. We’re walking more places and acclimating to living in the city.

We are also soon to be homeowners again (second from the left in the picture). More updates on that after we move in!


Our new House

Our new House